An umbrella category for musical styles associated with regions or ethnic groups of the world. The first world music record label was Smithsonian/Folkways, which in the 1930s began a series of influential releases of folk music from around the world. A major milestone in world music recordings came later with the Nonesuch Explorer series of records, introducing a variety of previously obscure musics to a diverse international audience. From these roots have sprung today's world music labels.

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Indian classical music label and publishing company based in Baltimore, MD. Artists, recordings, events calendar.
Alula Records
Specializing in African, Latin, Flamenco, Celtic, Gypsy, and other world music styles. Artists include Gerardo Nunez, Hassan Hakmoun, Johnny Cunningham, Tim O'Brien, and Mamadou Diabate. With artist profiles, news, and online store.
Arc Music
Specializing in Folk and World music from all over the world, from Australian didgeridoo, to the Celtic harp, to Egyptian tabla. Includes a catalogue and e-shop.
Arhoolie Records
Specializing in Regional music, including traditional Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Gospel, Country, and Jazz. Artists include Clifton Chenier, Lighting Hopkins, Flaco Jimenez, and Beausoleil. Catalog, reviews, sales, audio samples, and artist itineraries.
Discos Corason
Independent Mexican label specializing in traditional music from Mexico, the Caribbean and Africa. Company history, artist profiles, reviews, and discographies, composers and publishing, and catalog with online ordering. [English/Spanish]
Luaka Bop Records
Latin music label founded by David Byrne. Features news, artist information, releases, and sound samples.
Music Mosaic
Dedicated to multi-cultural musical expressions from diverse countries, with sounds flowing together in a mosaic! CDs features songs and themes from various international artists.
Newtone Records
Based in Italy. Includes news, concert calendar, journal of releases, and links to world music radio stations and e-zines.
Piranha Records
Based in Germany, releasing music from Africa, Asia, Latin America and other regions around the world. In English and German.
Real World Records
Label founded by Peter Gabriel releasing music by a large catalog of artists including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Afro Celt Sound System and Sheila Chandra. Includes tour dates, artist e-cards, and an "audio wall" of Quicktime audio samples.
Rituals Records
Caribbean record label, featuring Caribbean Calypso, Soca and Rapso music as well as Dance remixes.
Stonetree Records
A Belizean label and recording studio offering traditional and modern indigenous acoustic music.
Tropical Music
German-based label and publishing company offering a large selection of Latin American and World music. With news, catalog, shopping, MP3s, and release information.
WeltWunder Records
Acoustic world music from West Africa and Brazil. Site available in English, German and French.
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